2219 :Futured Imagined

2219: Futures Imagined

23 NOV 2019 – 5 APR 2020

2219: Futures Imagined is a thought-provoking journey into possible future worlds created through a series of immersive installations, meditative spaces, films, paintings and sculptures. Step into, and be part of, what could well become our everyday lives 200 years from now.

Inspired by the work of Singaporean writer and poet Alvin Pang, 2219: Futures Imagined marks this year’s Singapore Bicentennial by looking two centuries into the future. While we cannot be entirely sure what is to come, each section of this exhibition hinges on the scientific certainty that changes in our climate will require us all to adapt. This massive global transformation will act as a backdrop, upon which Singapore’s daily life, communities, cultures and traditions will evolve and change.

Neither a utopian or dystopian view of the distant future and resisting the clichés of science fiction, this exhibition focuses on small, human-scale acts of innovation and contemplation. The exhibition asks for visitors to reflect on what kind of future they want for Singapore, and what they are prepared to do to bring that future into being.

Full list of artists featured:

Alvin Pang (Singapore), John Akomfrah (UK), Sarah Choo Jing (Singapore), Johann Fauzi (Singapore), Hafiz Ozman (Singapore), Superflux (UK), WOHA Architects (Singapore), Debbie Ding (Singapore), Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore) Finbarr Fallon (Singapore), Donna Ong (Singapore), Lisa Park (USA/Korea), Fyerool Darma (Singapore), Gordon Cheung (UK), Rimini Protokoll (Germany), Bao Songyu (Singapore), Shan Hur (Korea), Larry Achiampong (UK), Zarina Muhammad (Singapore), Amanda Heng (Singapore), Yanyun Chen (Singapore), Priyageetha Dia (Singapore), Adeline Kueh (Singapore), Joshua Ip (Singapore), Clara Chow (Singapore), Rachel Heng (Singapore), Judith Huang (Singapore), Pomeroy Studio (Singapore) and Tristan Jakob-Hoff (New Zealand/UK)

Advisory: Some mature content

Exhibition & Programmes

The Library of Necessary Books

The Library of Necessary Books

At the heart of 2219: Futures Imagined is The Library of Necessary Books. From literary cannon to DIY manuals of utilitarian know-how, The Library of Necessary Books is a collection of books that have been lovingly handed down from generation to generation, from the past into the future.

Visitors are invited to submit books to the Library for display in the exhibition. The Library accepts donations of books that may hold a special meaning to visitors, or books that donors deem important for future generations of Singaporeans. When they make their book submission, donors are encouraged to write a message that they would like to convey to the Library users of the future. 

The Librarian of Necessary Books will take receipt of the books in special sessions at ArtScience Museum, and
the Librarian will curate a selection for display in the exhibition. The book donation will happen on every first
Saturday of each month from 12pm to 2pm throughout the run of the exhibition.

Writers: Alvin Pang, with Judith Huang, Joshua Ip, Rachel Heng, Clara Chow

Engaging the Community

In the future, tall or double-storey bikes may become a popular mode of transport in cities affected by the rising sea levels. How else might we navigate flooded roads and highways?

Artist Hafiz Osman’s tall bike, titled Penghulu, is part of 2219: Futures Imagined exhibition. Members of the public at the October edition of SG Car Free Weekend had the opportunity to try riding on the tall bike.

About  the Partners
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The Singapore Bicentennial marks the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore, a key turning point in our history. But our story did not start in 1819. It started more than 700 years ago. 2019 is a time for commemoration and appreciation of the historical events, cast of contributors and communities that shaped our evolution. It is a reflection of our journey from Singapore to Singaporean.
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